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Match preview: Cambridge United vs Stags

12 January 2018

Match Previews

Match preview: Cambridge United vs Stags

12 January 2018

Mansfield Town travel to the Abbey Stadium to take on Cambridge United on Saturday (13 January, 3.00pm kick-off) and this is your definitive guide to the fixture.

Speaking to the local media on Thursday afternoon, manager Steve Evans revealed that skipper Zander Diamond, midfielder Joel Byrom and top scorer Danny Rose are all back in training after their respective injuries. 

Striker Kane Hemmings, who limped out of our Emirates FA Cup third round clash with Cardiff last week is rated as '50/50' to be fit for Saturday after a scan revealed a minor hamstring strain. 

Defender David Mirfin is still sidelined following knee surgery. 

For Cambridge, winger David Amoo and midfielder Paul Lewis could be back in contention after a quick return to training following their respective hamstring and knee injuries. 

Winger Piero Mingoia is still out with a groin problem, whilst striker Jabo Ibehre will serve the second game of a three match ban.

Stags are currently on a run of just one defeat in their last 19 games in all competitions, a run of results which has catapulted them to seventh in Sky Bet League Two.

Manager Steve Evans' men sit just one point outside the automatic promotion places following an excellent Christmas period, during which Stags picked up three wins and a draw from their four matches. 

Last time out, they drew 0-0 with Championship high-flyers Cardiff City in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup. 

The U's have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six games. 

They achieved a solid 0-0 draw away at Colchester United last weekend, which followed back-to-back home wins against Crewe Alexandra and Barnet at the Abbey Stadium. 

A thrilling 3-3 draw away to Notts County was preceded by defeats at home to Newport County and away to Port Vale. 

Shaun Derry's side currently occupy 12th place in Sky Bet League Two, six points behind the Stags.

Stags came from behind to win in our last meeting with the U's, which took place in September 2016. 

Cambridge skipper Leon Legge put the away side ahead early in the second half, before midfielder Jacob Mellis climbed off the bench to equalise from the penalty spot. 

With the game heading for a draw, top scorer Danny Rose popped up with his second winner in as many matches to clinch three valuable points. 

OVERALL RECORD: W - 16 | D - 11 | L - 13

Trevor Kettle will be the referee for Saturday's fixture and he will be assisted by Declan Ford and Paul Yates, whilst John Farries will be the fourth official.

Hailing from Rutland, near Leicestershire, Mr Kettle has officiated in the EFL for 15 years and usually takes charge of either League One or League Two matches.

The last time Mr Kettle took charge of a Stags' game was our 4-0 win over Port Vale in November 2017.

We have been allocated 616 tickets in the South Stand for the fixture, with more available if required.

Tickets are available to purchase in advance from the Mansfield Town ticket office in person, via telephone (01623 482 482) or online from

Stags' fans will also be able to purchase tickets on the day of the game, but all categories will be subject to a £2 increase.

Prices are as follows:

Adults £20
Seniors (64+) £15
Students (with valid NUS card) £15
Young adults (18-21) £15
Under 18s £10
Under 12s £5
Under 5s FREE

Ambulant disabled supporters are required to purchase a ticket in the relevant age-related category, with a carer ticket free of charge if proof of middle to higher rate disability allowance is provided.

Wheelchair users can purchase tickets for £15, with a free carer ticket. To purchase wheelchair tickets, please contact Cambridge United on 01223 566500.

Pre-purchased tickets will go off-sale at 4.00pm on Friday 12 January.

Supporters who are opting to drive should use the post-code CB5 8LN for directions to the ground. Supporters are advised to park in the areas off Coldhams Lane.

The Wrestlers pub along Newmarket Road offers great Thai food or another option is The Tram Depot, which is a venue known for its character and broad selection of drinks.

Alternatively, there is a matchday kiosk situated in the away end which serves a selection of hot and cold food and drink.

We'll be publishing live text commentary of the clash on our twitter feed and the match centre on will contain Opta-populated updates.

To access our twitter feed, head to The match centre can be accessed here, or by clicking the link on the home page on Saturday. 

Furthermore, iFollow Stags subscribers will be able to listen to full-match commentary of the clash, courtesy of commentators Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes. 

A report of the match will be published on after the game and full reaction will be available to view on and iFollow Stags.

Blind or visually impaired supporters can listen to audio descriptive commentary of the game! It is strongly recommend that the service is pre-booked by contacting Nick Parker on 07929 589925 or by emailing

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